I use a lot of heat on my hair. Every day I blow it dry, curl it with hot rollers and touch it up with an iron. So my hair takes quite a bit of abuse. I need a deep conditioner that works without weighing my hair down.
Goodness knows, the D.C. humidity can squash it just fine on its own.
I’ve written about both of these conditioners before, but I wanted to re-review and compare them. Because sometimes it’s important to know whether you should spend the money to get the best or whether the cheaper option is just as good.
Splurge. I received this bottle of Lumiere d’Hiver Reconstructing Masque ($58) in my Birchox earlier this year. And I have to say, it.is.epic. It revives my dried out locks like no product that I have ever tried. With jojoba, shea butter and sunflower oil, this conditioner gives me the smoothest, silkiest locks I could ever imagine.
I only have two complaints when it comes to this conditioner. First, it’s scented. The fragrance isn’t heavy, but it is a floral, and I loathe floral fragrance.
Secondly, this is a heavy-duty reconstructing masque, so I can only use it once a week or once every two weeks. If I try to use it any more frequently, my hair becomes limp and a touch greasy. So this product is best enjoyed in small quantities.
Save. A reader recommended Aussie 3-Minute Miracle Conditioner ($4) to me ages ago and it still has a place in my medicine cabinet. This conditioner is pH balanced with tea tree oil and mint extract to moisturize your hair. If my hair gets a little dried out from being in the pool or the sun, this product can really bring it back to life.
The Aussie conditioner also has no fragrance for those who are sensitive to scent or prefer not to have the smell of their $4 conditioner competing with the aroma of their $60 perfume. And unlike the Lumiere, this product can be used every couple of days without weighing down your hair. I like to apply a little to my ends every day just to keep them from becoming dry and brittle.
Verdict. This is a confident recommendation that you save.your.money and buy the Aussie conditioner. It costs under-$5 and really moisturizes hair that’s stressed, dry and/or color-treated. However, if your hair is on the verge of follicular breakdown and needs serious intervention, I would not hesitate to buy the Lumiere.